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The Indians Get Back To Work Against Division Rival Twins In Puerto Rico

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After a three day break due to weather inclinations, the Cleveland Indians are set to take on the Minnesota Twins in San Juan Puerto Rico tonight and Wednesday.

The Indians are currently sitting at 8-6 and 2nd in the AL Central and also coming off a rough go in their last outing losing 8-0 after getting an early 4-0 lead.

The Twins sitting at 7-4, are in 1st in the AL Central, but have also played the least amount of games in the MLB this season at 11.

The start of this two game series will feature Cleveland ace Corey Kluber who is off to a hot start with a 1-1 record with a 1.57 ERA through 3 starts this season.

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The Twins will be sending right hander Jake Odorizzi to the mound to face off against Kluber. Odorizzi is also off to a quick as well posting a 1-0 record and a 2.20 ERA through his three starts this season.

Tonight’s game will be a homecoming for Indians players Francisco Lindor and Roberto Perez who both grew up in areas near San Juan and expect big performances out of them throughout the next two games.

Tonight’s game will also be the first time these two teams see each other this year and expect competitive games in this series but also as the year goes on.

The Indians are the clear favorites to win the division, but the Twins are no to far behind with rising star 3rd Basemen Miguel Sano and the additions to their starting pitching staff the Twins will be a tough

contender all year long. The Indians finished 12-7 last year against the Twins and I expect the win total to be around that same number again.

Look for the Indians offense to attack Odorizzi early, so far this season the Indians have scored majority of their runs in the first four innings where the bats have gone quiet late in games .

I expect a great pitchers duel in tonights game with a high powered audience from all the fans in San Juan. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 ET.

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Rangers Sign Rafael Montero

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The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms on a minor-league deal with right handed pitcher Rafael Montero, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant.

Montero is still working back from Tommy John surgery, and was once a top prospect in the New York Mets organization , but struggled transitioning to the major league level, putting together a woeful 5.38 ERA over 192 1/3 innings pitched.

 

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Astros Sign Robinson Chirinos to One-Year Deal

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The Houston Astros are signing free agent catcher Robinson Chirinos to a one-year deal with $5.75 million, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

Chirinos had a career year in 2017 while playing for the Texas Rangers, but had a dramatic dip in production during the 2018 season and was no brought back by the team. Chirinos isn’t considered a defensive stud behind the plate either, and will join Max Stassi in the Astros catching rotation.

 

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Angels Announce Coaching Staff

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The Los Angeles Angels have announced the coaching staff for brand new manager Brad Ausmus.

Pitching coach Doug White, hitting coach Jeremy Reed, and assistant hitting coach Shawn Wooten have already been announced as additions to Ausmus’ staff.

Long-time MLB infielder Mike Gallego will work with infielders and coach third base. Jose Molina, the former big league catcher, will work with catchers. Additionally, Jesus Feliciano will be slated to work with the outfielders and former slugger Paul Sorrento will join the hitting coaches team.

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